As the year comes to a close, I took a look back at the books I read and remember those reading moments which evoked various emotions in me. There are some excellent books which left me in thoughts till present, and there are some not-so-good books that I wished I'd liked them better but glad that I read them nonetheless. Without further ado, here is a list of my top reads this year (sequence not in any order and not necessarily published in 2016):

The Trespasser by Tana French
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
I See You by Clare MacKintosh
Yesternight by Cat Winters
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton
Redemption Road by John Hart
The Longest Night by Andria Williams
The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Favourite Cover:
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

New-to-Me Authors I discovered and liked this year:
Dani Atkins, Tammy Cohen, Jeannette de Beauvoir, John Hart, Jeannie Lin, Clare Mackintosh, Gilly MacMillan, Emily St. John Mandel, Nicole Mones, Naomi Novik, Andria Williams, Ashley Weaver and Cat Winters

Summary Stats:

Total Number of Books Read: 64
Total Number of Female Authors: 48
Total Number of Male Authors: 9
Total Mystery/Thriller: 35
Total YA: 9
Total Historical/Fiction: 13
Total Graphic Novel: 3
Total Romance: 4

Happy New Year & Happy Reading! 

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13 Responses
  1. Iliana Says:

    I loved that you also included your favorite cover! I haven't read any of the books on your favorites list but can't wait to read some of them. In particular the Ruth Ware book. My mystery book group is reading that one in a couple of months. Yay. Happy New Year, Melody!

  2. Lark Says:

    I always end up reading more female authors, too. :) I loved Uprooted. (Thanks again!) And I can't wait to read several other books on your list. Here's to good books and even better blogging friends!! And here's to 2017!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Ooh, I read four of your choices and have three more on my wishlist. I enjoyed the ones we have in common too ☺

    It's fun to look back and see what genres and authors gave us pleasure....

  4. jenclair Says:

    You have several on your list that I enjoyed as well! I liked both of Clare Mackintosh's books, love Sarah J. Maas' series, and loved Uprooted by Novik as well. Still haven't read Tana French's latest, but I am looking forward to it. Happy New Year, Melody!

    (I know I am behind in replying, but will get a letter off to you soon!)

  5. Marce Says:

    Happy 2017 Melody. I enjoyed some of those also. Adding Daisey in Chains to my list for this year. Glad to have found your blog, you are one of my trusted bloggers.

  6. Our stats are very close in terms of number of books read and male to female ratio. :-) The Sun is Also a Star is one of my favorites of 2016 as well. And I'm so glad to see A Man Called Ove on your list.

    It sounds like you had a good reading year overall, Melody! I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

  7. Melody Says:

    Iliana - I'd had a hard time choosing my favourite cover! But The Sun Is Also a Star calls to me and I knew I couldn't deny it. ;)

    Hope you'll enjoy Ruth Ware's book!

    Happy New Year, Iliana!

  8. Melody Says:

    Lark - Here's to another great reading year in 2017! I'm so glad to have found you as one of my favourite blogging friends!! :)

  9. Melody Says:

    Rita - I'm glad we share some reading taste, Rita. It's always wonderful to find another reader who shares the same interest. :) I'd had fun doing this list, but oh it was also a difficult one making the list.

  10. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I hope you'll read The Trespasser this year, Jenclair. I loved that book so much!

    Happy New Year, Jenclair! Can't wait to receive your letter!

  11. Melody Says:

    Marce - Happy 2017 to you, too! And thank you so much for your kind comment. I enjoy reading your blog and I'm glad to have found your blog as well. :)

  12. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I tend to read more female authors as compared to male authors. I suppose it's the genres they write; and I think that's because female authors cover a more wider genre, come to think of it. :)

    Here's to another great reading year in 2017! I hope you've a wonderful New Year too, Wendy.

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